Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
Foodplant: Hawkweeds, hawk's-beards, sow thistles, others.
|Year first recorded||1931||1973||1931|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||234||26||520|
|Number of individuals||370||33||806|
For the region, we have a total of 520 records from 120 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1931.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found mainly in south-east Britain, but local elsewhere, the larva feeding on the buds and flowers of compositae species including ox-tongues (Picris spp.), hawkweeds (Hieracium spp.) and hawk's-beards (Crepis spp.). In Dorset, the moth is most often seen on dry grassland on both chalky and sandy soils; in such places it is local and at low density.